Sunday, February 8, 2015

One Little Word

When I signed up for Ali Edwards One Little Word class I had no idea what I was going to do or what it would involve. Back in December "my word" chose me. With all the craziness that has been going on in my life for the past few months the one word that kept coming to me over and over was the word "Peace". I didn't know exactly what I would be doing in Ali's class or if I would even like it but I knew I wanted more "peace" in my life so I thought I would go for it. The first prompt in January I read over but was still in the throws of finishing my December Daily album so I decided not to worry about it but to continue to participate on the closed Facebook page and see if things would come together. Then Ali posted the prompt for February we were to  make a vision board for our word. She suggested cutting words and pictures out of magazines and collage them on a poster board but of course it was up to us. I decided to go a little bit of a different route. I made a photo collage on the computer of pictures that brought me peace and then I scrapped it. I love the way it turned out and I felt accomplished. Then I remembered someone had posted on the Facebook page a photo of their word written in the sand. I thought I walk at the beach every week.....I will write my own word in the sand. So today I did. I found a random stick, walked off the asphalt path and on to the sand. I wandered down to the water and carefully wrote "Peace" in the sand. I took several shots until I had one that I liked and then decided to head back up to the path to finish my was at that moment I realized that I have become "attached" to my word. I didn't want to walk away and leave the "peace" in the sand. It was mine and I felt like if I walked away I was leaving my "peace" behind. I had no idea the profound impact it would have on me once I had written it. Of course I told myself that was silly but I stood there for an extra minute or two before I could finally convince myself to leave. After I had walked a short distance I thought "you just took half a dozen pictures of your word. You aren't leaving it behind. you are taking it with you",  so off I went back to my walk....feeling "peaceful" knowing that this is only February I have 10 more months to see where my word takes me.

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